Crimean Tatar in Bulgaria


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Introduction / History

The Crimean Tatars are descendants of the Mongols who swept through eastern Europe in the thirteenth century. They are part of a much greater Tatar population but speak a different language and live in different areas. Large numbers of Crimean Tatars can be found in Turkey, Romania, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. There are smaller numbers of them in Bulgaria.
The first Tatars arrived in Bulgaria in 1241. The Bulgarians used the term "Tatar" as a reference to Ghenghis Khan's successors, the Golden Horde. Some of these Tatar military forces defected to join the Bulgarians. In the 1500s and 1600s several groups of Tatar nomads settled in Bulgaria, which was under the control of the Ottoman Empire at that time. These nomads were prone to conduct raids, and the Ottomans either gave them special messenger and military assignments or added them to their military administration. This group of Crimean Tatars eventually lost their identity and basically became part of the Turkish Ottomans.
The Ottoman Empire conquered Bessarabia in the 1500s, setting the stage for larger numbers of Crimean Tatars to emigrate to Dobruja, a region that straddles Bulgaria and Romania.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Family ties are very important to the Crimean Tatars. The size of the immediate family ranges from four to five members. However, two or three generations will often live in the same house. The great majority of the Crimean Tatars marry within their culture, unlike some of their Tatar cousins. The family is strongly patriarchal (dominated by the men). The line of descent is through the father and inheritance is passed down through the males. Work is divided along traditional lines with men working outside and women tending to the children and the household duties.


What Are Their Beliefs?

All Crimean Tatars are Sunni Muslims. There are a small number of disciples of Christ found among them in Bulgaria.


What Are Their Needs?

The Crimean Tatars need to find their way to Jesus Christ who can give them an identity in Him that will help them find abundant life. The Church in Bulgaria can reach out to these Muslims.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tatar, Crimean in Bulgaria.

Pray for the Crimean Tatars to receive justice and mercy so that their needs will be met.
Pray for the Lord to reveal himself to Crimean Tatars who are willing to seek and find the only Savior.
Pray for Holy Spirit-driven workers to go to the Crimean Tatars in Bulgaria.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Crimean Tatars.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tatar, Crimean
People Name in Country Tatar, Crimean
Natural Name Crimean Tatar
Pronunciation TAH-tar
Population this Country 1,200
Population all Countries 610,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Crimean Turk; Crimean Turkish; Krymchak; Nogai; Nogay Tatar; Tartar; Tatar
People ID 11434
ROP3 Code 102312
Country Bulgaria
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dobrich province: Krushari municipality.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Bulgaria
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dobrich province: Krushari municipality..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Crimean Tatar (1,200 speakers)
Language Code crh   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Crimean Tatar (1,200 speakers)
Language Code crh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Crimean Tatar

Primary Language:  Crimean Tatar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1659-2011)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1666-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Crimean Tatar
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Къырымтатарджа - Crimean Tatar
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.50 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
95.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Adam Jones - Flickr  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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